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Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Prima PilsPrima Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,069
Ratings:
5,099
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
264
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797
For Trade:
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Photo of remllof
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall pilsner glass. The way this beer looks in a tall glass is fantastic. A nice decent head with nice carbination and a transparent golden color. Smell is a big hit spiciness of hops. Some maltyness to it but a bit overwheaming hit of hops. Mouthfell is light and refershing. Overall a decent beer from Victory. This is one I would pick up on a hot day

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Photo of Alissa2579
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the houlihans in parsippany. I read the other reviews before ordering and thought I was getting more of a fruity beer. It's just a regular old pilsner. Certainly not bad but not anything to get excited about

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yellow golden color, a good looking beer
There isn't anything special in the smell, you don't get anything out of a big sniff of it
The taste is good and there is bite on the top, turns over well, but reeks of ordinary beers on the end, too bad...so just enjoy it chugged
It was a pretty easy drinking beer, doesn't stay on your tongue...it had the qualities of the style but the worst of the craft pilsners I've had out of 3... lacking in the crispness, fresh-hoppiness, and unique taste as compared to Sierra Nevada Nooner and my boys the Peak Organic Fresh Cut that you can get those cheaper, easier and in 12 packs all day in Maine

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 40F Serving glass: Pilsener Glass

Aroma: Zing! Noble hops abound with big citrusy lemon zest & tang zapping my nostrils. Pretty much all hops with this one, just a bit of bready maltiness coming through.

Appearance: Truly a sexy looking beer. Crystal clear, deep straw with beautiful, bountiful beading. Pure white head retains throughout, excellent, intricate lacing.

Taste: I'm not generally a Pils drinker, but this is really tasty. Clean & refreshing, only small amounts of sweetness up front, the hops are obviously the focus here- perhaps just a bit to much. Although, I'm certainly in no position to comment on what a Pils "should" taste like. A little bit of spice to along with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, sparklingly refreshing. Medium carbonation gives it a little more punch and zest. It doesn't get cleaner than this, IMO.

Drinkability: A great, if somewhat overhopped Pils. For a cold summer drink, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have in my hand.

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one in preparation for a beer dinner.

Stray yellow in color. Very clear. White 1/4" head that quickly fades. First taste is of hops. More than the average Pils but it helps out. It's very smooth and tasty. Not your average Pils. The malt and hops balance out nicely. I think this one might be a great starter for my meal...

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Photo of thisisshsas
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light yellow coloring with a large foamy head, very clear and indicative of the style.

S- light crisp smell, it could be a little stronger to be better.

T- nice and light, flowery side flavor with a slight crispy hop taste thats extremely refreshing. Carbonation gives a slight burn of the tongue. One of the best lagers I've ever had.

M- unlike some lagers, the prima pils has a strong enough flavor that it doesn't fade after a few few seconds. You can swish it in you mouth and get more flower style taste.

D- extremely drinkable, a beer for the usual bud drinker and the beer connoisseur as well. Not my favorite style but you have to recognize good when it shows up though.

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Photo of AlcahueteJ
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours beautifully into a pilsner glass. Golden yellow body with tons of carbonation, streams and streams of bubbles flowing from the bottom of the glass. Rocky white three finger head. Great start.

S - Sweet, bready malt in the nose, very inviting. Balanced as well, as the hops pull through after the malt. Very hoppy for a pilsner, but like I said, very well balanced, not overpowering at all like some IPA's can be.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too thin as some pilsners can be. Loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel, extremely crisp and dry.

T - Sweet malt hits the tongue right away and lingers for a bit...then all of a sudden my palate gets smacked with citrus and grass. I even burped up hops after the third sip. The balance is ridiculous for a beer that is obviously much hoppier than the typical lager.

D - I'm glad I reviewed this five years into my craft beer experience. I can appreciate a world class lager such as this so much more. I'm thinking Victory should replace Bud Light in the drinkability commercials because this is a beer I could quaff all night long.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very crisp pilsner that looks, smells, and tastes exactly like a classiv European pilsner should.

Yellow hue with light hoppy aroma. Medium hop start with that extra crisp finish that makes you desire that next sip.

Would definitely suggest checking the "born on" date with this style of Victory beer as it does tend to flatten out as it ages with my expirences and is just not great when it looses that crispness.

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Photo of dansm
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden yellow color with a decent fluffy white head.

S-Nice malt aroma behind the spicy hops.

T-Ever so slightly sweet malt taste, followed by a little citrus and the spicy bitterness of the hops.

M-Kind of thin mouthfeel, with a light dry finish.

D-This goes down pretty smooth, leaves a nice aftertaste, making it very drinkable.

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Photo of Dougal
2.21/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

this was over hopped to my palate and had a strange aftertaste of bitterness that was not enjoyable. the normal bitter refreshing characteristics are gone and the overly bitter exotic tastes come through in a way you do not want to drink them. This made Urquell's taste seem amazingly more refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of notalagerlugger
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Bottle I have heard it is fresher on tap

A - is excellent but I do not care what a beer looks like. I have had cloudy, muerky, hazy, clear, brown. black and almost black, red, auburn, amber, golden, etc... Colored beer and it has little to with taste.

Smell - like a good old fashioned beer or a czech pils. A little more floral smell.

Taste - it is great, clean crisp and hoppy. pairs with all food

M - excellent, light crisp

O - a great pilsner the only better pilsner is Sam Adams impierial pilsner. It is bold
But light and I could enjoy it everytime I drink beer

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Photo of atowle25
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy yellow color with a good amount of head. Not to be mistaken with the likes of a BMC lager, as this has a much cloudier and thicker appearance despite being such a light beer. Smell is of faint grassy hops, pretty muted for the most part. However, after checking the date on the bottle, this is a good bit past its prime. My fault for not checking the bottle. Oops. It holds up surprisingly well, the pleasant grassy hops are still there, just much more muted. I've had this fresh and it is a delight to drink on a hot day. Very refreshing. Just wish it was easier to find fresh around here. Victory bottles always seem to be a good bit past their prime. However, it's still very drinkable and I'm enjoying it. Definitely recommend this for the summer. Just don't be like me - check the date before buying.

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Photo of shealoftus14
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have always appreciated Victory beers and prima is no different. This is one of more favorite pilsners they have. Its a perfect example of an America pilsner. The hops are big and floral on the nose, with more malt in the mouth playing alongside the notes of fresh citrus. It is very smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and low alcohol. I'd say there is a soft bitterness that is followed through the long finish and closes on a sweet hop taste.

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: golden color with 1/2 finger of white head which leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Grain, grass and lemon. Maybe even lemongrass.

T: Very hoppy and floral. A little too strong on both counts for my liking but to each his own.

M: Nice crisp quality with a dry finish. Very nice.

O: Very flavorful for a pilsner. Truly a great pilsner if you're into hoppy beers. Personally, I found the intensity of the hops and floral notes off-putting and not really justified by the style. So its not my favorite beer but if that's what you're into, by all means have a few!

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Photo of Epicedion
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my oversized wine glass.

A: The color of sunlight and pure, golden straw. It shines. It glows. Nice head, some lacing. It really does glow.

S: A little musty, floral. The 'straw' parallel is still true here, I don't know what to call it other than 'rustic.'

T: This is really my favorite German pilsner, and one of my favorite beers of all time. It hits first with a little sweetness and that little pilsner 'funk' you expect from the style, but then it rises to a new level of amazing as the hops fill out the flavor, bring it all together in an amazingly crisp, light, dry solid -beer- taste. I look at all the other yellow beers out there and say -this- is what you should taste like.

M: Medium-light, good carbonation, nice long finish, hoppy and dry.

D: Fantastic session beer. Great on a hot day. Great on a warm night. Really damn good any time. It's flavorful enough to keep it interesting, yet it's easy to drink many at a time.

If I could only find this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Phinner
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great pils. One of the best craft versions on the market. Very nice bready aroma and flavor and well-balanced hops create an almost perfect pilsner. Good head and lacing with great overall flavor. Body is just right - not too heavy. This is a definite "go too" beer.

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Photo of TeddyBrew
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Pioneer Supermarket in Manhattan, which has a great selection, because I've been so impressed with other Victory Beers.

The beer pours nicely with a significant head that doesn't last too long. The color is pleasing, sort of a medium light straw. Enough color to suggest something interesting. From the first smell and taste I can tell I like it. I haven't had a Pilsner Urquell in some time, but this tastes very, very similar to me. Medium high-notes, very drinkable, a good beer.

This would be a nice one to enjoy with the game. Definitely one to try to win over some die-hard big-brewer lager drinkers.

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Photo of baugherlager
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellowish straw color, Head that collapses into a thin white film.

Nice hop aroma with a hint of grassiness.

Taste starts very clean and crisp but then you quickly get hit with the hops. Not super hoppy but a nice amount of citrusy and piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body.

This is a drinkable beer, no problems having another.

One of the few micro pilsners that I found most enjoyable.

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Photo of adroc
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very subtle pils malt aroma along with dominate floral hops.

Appearance: Crystal clear light straw color with a lingering white head

Flavor: Low levels of pils malt along with a dominate floral hop flavor that finishes dry with a medium bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium/high carbonation with a creamy dry finish. No astringency or heat from the alcohol.

Overall: Very good beer, fits the style perfectly

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Photo of pkeigs
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I smelled it and got nothing but cheddar cheese popcorn, I wonder if the line was dirty because the last time I had it in bottle I truly enjoyed it.

After getting over the cheddar cheese nose I started to really appreciate the beer, it is a nice clean pilsner. Smells like pilsner malt, noble hops. Nice and crisp

Tastes nice, very clean beer accentuating the czech Saaz and pilsner malts. Not very complex but I love it as a nice session-able lager.

Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Crisp earthy finish.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pilsener glass. Clear, very pale yellow/gold with a nice finger of bright foamy white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: bready malts, some biscuity cracker notes and bright, floral Saaz and German noble hops, a little yeast and some definite sweetness on the nose

Taste: definite hop bitterness here, lots of floral and even some citrusy notes (may have some American hops in there?) - German noble hops definitely dominate but there is a nice mild pilsener malt sweetness that lingers in the background. Slightly on the dry side, with a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation, very pleasant

Overall: Lots of good impressions on this beer! This German pils style is a bit hoppier than most Bohemian/Czech styles that I also really enjoy, but it is still very balanced. Very drinkable, with great hop and malt profiles.

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Photo of ambluhm
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer looks simply put...appetizing. Pours golden yellow and clear, with a slight haze from the cold beer.

The nose is complex with several notes distinguishable. Earthy notes from the hops and fresh bready malts come through.

The mouth is crisp and mostly dry with a hint of sweetness at the very last moment. Definitely has a good malty body for a pils. The bitterness from the hops is present, but the malts carry this one.

Overall, this is a style of beer that I can get down with. A well-focused and 'roided' up pilsner. Definitely something I would take home again and again.

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Photo of SteelerNation
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear which is great for the style. Pours a somewhat dissappointing 1 finger head with signs of overcarbonation. Sub Par lacing.

S: Grassy hops, yeast, and green apple.

T: Doesn't have the the super grainy pilsener taste that I am used to. The hops are very assertive in this beer and define the taste. More bitter than your average Pils. A grassy and grapefruit hop flavor combination. I think the taste fits the style more than most highly hopped pilsners. The flavor isn't 100% there though and the beer drinks a tad too watery.

M: Light and borderline watery. Dry finish.

D: Good but not great. I'd probably forget about it if it weren't made by Victory.

Overall I am a huge fan of Victory, but this one fell a bit short. The hops and color are good, but everything else is lacking. Mouthfeel is too watery, like a crossover brew. I'm not impressed by this one.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance, Pale yellow, with a quick forming head, about a finger thick. Settles down somewhat quickly to a small head that hangs around.

Smell: First thing that hits your nose is a slight malt scent, with hits of citrus, and a cut lawn scent. A very very slight sulfur scent comes through, but it's not offensive at all.

Taste: The hops certainly come through very quickly! Slight notes of citrus also come through, and the malts quickly sweep up, for a pleasant finish, with a bit of hops coming back at the end.

Mouthfeel is like many other pilsners, but it has its own distinct quality that I can't put my finger on. It's very smooth, and goes down easily.

Drinkability: VERY drinkable, this would make an awesome session beer, and is even a great beer to introduce others to great beer, without throwing them out of their comfort zone too much.

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Photo of viaingo
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Type: Pilsner
Color: Golden yellow
Body: Nice and light. Perfect for a pilsner
Head: Light white head. Short and left almost no lacing but added great flavor when drank right after being poured.
Taste: Sweet with just a hint of hops. Semi-dry finish.
Aroma: You can smell the hops. Not much sweetness to the smell. Definitely detect the malty smell.

Poured into one of my favorite pint glasses, this pilsner beer was very tasty. If you are in the mood for a beer but don’t want an ale or something wicked hoppy, than this is your beer.

Cheers!

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,069 ratings.